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Fantasy cricket profile – Nathan Williams

In the third of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we look at 4th XI stalwart, Nathan Williams.

Name: Nathan Williams

Nickname(s): The Lycra Monster

Role: Opening batsman

2017 stats: 392 runs @ 28.0 (inc. 3x50s), 1 catch

Fantasy value: £7m

Is he worth it? Nathan was the 2017 4th XI player of the year and his runs meant he was in 6th place in terms of the leading run scorers throughout the club last year. Whilst his choice of attire isn’t always to everyone’s tastes, and his batting not always the most fluent, Nathan always seems to find a way to score runs.

Additionally he’s been working hard on his bowling in winter nets in an attempt to convince his captain to utilise him for more than 2 overs this season. Will it work? Who knows…

Doesn’t offer much in the fielding department based on his 2017 stats, but if you’re looking for a solid run scorer for your fantasy team who is available most weeks, then Nathan might just be your guy.

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Fantasy cricket profile – Ben Harris

In the second of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we focus on young wicket keeper Ben Harris.

Name: Ben Harris

Nickname(s): Benny, Mini-Harris

Role: Wicket keeper / Batsman

2017 stats: 144 runs @ 10.3, 12 catches, 4 stumpings, 1 run out

Fantasy value: £5m

Is he worth it? If you believe our club chairman who still hasn’t forgiven him for dropping at catch 3 years ago…no. But when you look at the way he performed behind the stumps in 2017 and how he continues to work on his batting, you certainly wouldn’t bet against him having a very good 2018.

GCSEs might get in the way on the odd occasion early in the season, but at £5m the middle of the Harris-trio certainly looks to be good value for money.

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Fantasy cricket profile: Stuart MacArthur

In the first of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we look at 1st XI captain Stu MacArthur.

Name: Stuart MacArthur

Nickname(s): StuMac, Silverback, Gorilla

Role: Opening bowler and hard-hitting #7 or #8 batsman

2017 stats: 32 wickets @ 18.2 (inc. 1x 5WH), 149 runs @ 13.6 (inc. 1x 50), 10 catches

Fantasy value: £8m

Is he worth it? Stu starts the 2018 season as the reigning 1st XI and overall club player of the year. His 32 wickets last season would have been more if he had chosen to get married outside of the cricket season like any other normal cricketer, and as club captain he can go a long way to influencing the stats of both himself and those around him.

To be fair to the other bowlers in the first team however, it is probably right to mention that, due to him often bowling numerous wides per innings, he does get more chances than anyone else to take wickets!

So far he’s been selected by 40% of our fantasy team owners as one of their all-rounders but as he is prone to the occasional DIYE, do you want him in your team?

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Pre-season match report: 1st XI defeat after daring declaration

Saturday saw the 1St XI’s opening friendly fixture for the season, travelling 90 minutes to North Perrott, a lovely ground and a team who last season finished second in WEPL Somerset.

With rain in the air, OBW were inserted on a damp looking wicket, Rupert Swetman opening up with new recruit Ricardo de Nobrega from Perth. Having been greeted by a beamer from their overseas player second ball up, Rupert Swetman played a delightful innings of 125, ably supported by Ricardo who scored a very promising 74. Running aggressively between the wickets and punishing the bad ball well, the pair batted beautifully, hopefully this will be the start of a wonderful relationship…

Their excellent partnership was followed by a pair of Harris spectacles, but some good hitting from Will Penny (20), Stu Mac (25) and James Ribbons (23) enabled a declaration of 284-7 after 45 overs. This was not purely down to Orrsy and Griff not fancying a bat, but primarily due to a ridiculously slow over rate from the oppo and thoughts of Jamie King’s party later that evening…..

A bountiful tea followed with a fine selection of cakes and scones, this was never really going to help our cause in taking 10 wickets. This was evident in Stu’s first over which took 21 minutes to complete, he does like to get his money’s worth and is never really satisfied with just the six balls in an over.

Following the declaration we had originally pinned hopes on the opposition matching our 45 overs, however our bowlers had different thoughts and decided to rearrange to a 56 over format to really test ourselves. I am sure Stu and Omer are very sore after the 36 extra deliveries between them!


It was fair to say the Perrott boys were certainly better at batting than bowling, and they decided to tuck into our bowling in a similar fashion to our bowlers tucking in at tea time, Retter in particular punishing anything overpitched or wayward for an aggressive 78.

Decent spells from Orrsy (1-41) and Griff (1-47) in the middle overs stemmed the flow after the initial onslaught against the seam attack, but the game changed in one Will Penny over when the 14 year old umpire called him for a wide. Ben Harris, who kept very tidily throughout, took the ball with a full length dive, the ball hardly making the cut bit. Will politely questioned the decision as he knew the importance of this one run at the time, but alas it stood and that crucial extra run remained. Stu decided to give Will a well-deserved rest after a good spell, probably in an effort to ensure we retained the fixture for next season.

It is certainly the case that our overs did seem to last forever, with the evening’s party and long drive home in all of our minds. In all honesty it proved to be a very good wicket and Perrott conducted a fine run chase, Horlow with a chanceless 98* seeing them home with 5 balls to spare for the loss of 3 wickets.

This can be looked upon as a great pre-season game against decent opposition. Very encouraging from Roo and Ricardo, who looks a very useful recruit, and great for some of the middle order to get some time at the crease. A decent run-out for the bowlers against some good batters who punished anything wayward, ably assisted by too many extras. We must look upon this as getting some rustiness out of the shoulders, and try to minimise these before the league campaign starts.

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OBWCC Fantasy Cricket

Fancy Andy Bevan to score 500 runs this season? Or Will Penny to take 30 wickets? No, me neither. But now you have the chance to back 11 of OBWCC’s finest in our brand new fantasy cricket game.

The rules are pretty simple. You have £55m to spend on naming your XI which can contain up to 5 batters, 5 bowlers, 3 all-rounders and 1 keeper – meaning you even have a choice as to how to balance your side.

Points are earned as follows:


1 points per run
10 points for a not out
20 points for scoring 50+ runs
40 points for scoring 100+ runs
-20 points for scoring a duck


15 points per wicket
30 points for taking 5+ wickets
3 points per maiden
-20 points for conceding 50+ runs (without taking a wicket)


10 points per catch
15 points per stumping
20 points per run out

Each team can select a captain each week and that person will earn double points. Captains can be changed each week. Gameweeks advance at midday on a Saturday.

You will also get one free transfer each week, with the ability to make additional transfers at the cost of 20 points.

Sign up now at and don’t forget to pay your £10 entry fee!

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Fees and subs

Membership Fees and Match Fees for the 2018 Season

To enjoy the facilities at Failand and play in matches, all members of the club must pay an annual membership fee, plus a match fee each time they play.


Membership fees for 2018 are now due. Note that there is a discount for men who pay in full by 5th May. The rates for this season are:

Men £120 (or £100 if paid in full by May 5th)
Women and Girls £45
Students £50
Youth Team Members 1st child £75 : 2nd child £45: further children free
Under 9’s TBC
Supporter Members £40


Payments may be made by:
a) electronic transfer into the club’s bank account or
b) cheque or cash at pre-season indoor nets or
c) cheque by post to the treasurer


Sort Code: 09-01-27
Account number: 85604667

Please include the player’s name in the payment reference e.g. “M Smith Sub 2017” so that we know who the payment is from!

Treasurer’s Address:

Peter Matthews
19 Fenshurst Gardens,
Long Ashton,
BS41 9AU

Cheques should be made payable to OBWCC. Please write the player’s name and “Subscription 2017” on the reverse.

Note that the men’s annual subscription is £120 and that the 5th May deadline for the discounted rate will be strictly adhered to!


Men Members: £8 (including tea) (£10 for 1st XI games)
Non-members: £15 (including tea)
Students Members: £5 (including tea)
Non-members: £10 (including tea)
Youth (when playing in senior games) £5 (including tea)
Women £5
Girls £2

The additional amount in the 1st XI is designed to contribute towards the incremental costs that arise in 1st XI games such as umpires.

The Club have also decided to levy an additional match day fee on non-members. This is primarily to ensure that those players are covered under the terms of our insurances should anything happen whilst you are playing for the Club. Our policies cover Club Members and therefore the additional amount represents the Club’s view as to a fair amount for a “one day” membership.